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Living Off the West: Gorbachev’s Secret Agenda and Why It Will Fail

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Well, it’s been twenty-one years.  Do public libraries have a reason to keep this around? A history of Gorbachev and his times, yes.  This specific title? Not in my public library, but maybe in a university.  I mean, the title says “Why it WILL fail”…as in “in the future.”  We can do better than this!



  1. I love how pretty much every book ever published, no matter how awful, can be excused with the words “maybe in a university.”

  2. I’m pretty sure it’s a birch leaf – or, rather, one birch leaf interposed on another. Would be a lot easier to tell if they’d included the stem… and if it were the right color.

  3. @Masha – Some people absolutely FLIP when they hear the word “weed.” I guess they think we have a big bonfire or use the books for toilet paper. (Though some of them should be used that way simply because of how badly they’re written.) So by adding that “maybe in a university” they can go away comforted that the book likely won’t be destroyed but sent on somewhere it’s more useful.

  4. I think it’s supposed to be a corrupted onion dome. Classic “Russia” image. Doesn’t make it less of a piece though…

  5. And I don’t care what nobody says
    I don’t trust old Gorbachev
    And I don’t know who turned him on
    But it’s time to turn him off

    – Charlie Daniels

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